Advice for 10+2 Students
school is perhaps the most crucial phase in the life of a teenager. This is
The time when he/she has to make concrete plans about his/her future. This
in turn will determine the course of the rest of his/her life.
The moment a
student enters XI standard, he/she ought to make a judicious choice of
subjects. An ideal thing to do is to consult relatives and guardians.
Moreover, one must give due considerations to his/her circumstances, social
status, priorities of one's family, a person's physical attributes, his own
limitations and capabilities and so forth.
Consider a few examples. If you are a young boy of average health but are
rather short, the Armed forces or the Police services are out for you, as
these require cadets above a certain height. On the other hand if you are
very tall, burly, well built possessing a good physique, then certainly
these jobs are for you as are merchant navy, coastguards, detective services
and so forth. Those of you young girls who are tall, possess slim figures
can try your hand at being a model, classical dancer or even an airhostess
You career choice is determined by your temperament, physical strength,
energy levels etc. If you are indolent instead of active, then go in for
some sedate job or the other. There are plenty of them going around. These
include library science, school l teaching, lecturership, medical
transcription, dietician, psychiatrist/ clinical psychologist, all sorts
computer related jobs and so forth. On the other hand, if you are an
extremely creative person, then why not try your hand in journalism,
copywriting & advertising,TV production, multimedia, fashion or even
If you happen to hail from a well to do family that has been successfully
running more than one business ventures, then it would natural on the part
of your parents/elders to expect that you join in the family business. Your
desire to become a doctor or engineer or a professional singer or actor
would hardly be appreciated. In that case you could change your mindset and
opt for MBA, MBA, CA and such like
Then of course, psychological and emotional factors too play their part. If
you happen to be an only child/only son, then your parents would prefer to
see you settled in a suitable profession, where you can be in proximity with
them. If this is your case, then it would be advisable to give up the idea
of joining any branch of the Defence forces, Paramilitary services,
Intelligence services, Sales & marketing, Travel & tourism jobs which are
likely to take you away from your home and family for long. You may argue
that your career is important, but you still have a duty towards your
parents and family.
Coming to proficiency in subjects, if you are strong in sciences,
mathematics etc, then architecture, medicine, various disciplines of
engineering, besides modernistic subjects v.i.z. biotechnology,
biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, genetics are surely going to
be good for you.
Now for some deviations from conventional education ending in reception of
formal degrees. As an individual make up your mind as to what you really
want to do and what your capabilities are. For instance if you are adept in
cutting tailoring and stitching jobs, go in for a vocational course, rather
than a formal BA or M.A degree. Similarly if you are deeply interested in
becoming a beautician or hair stylist, join one or more of these vocational
courses after you finish high school.
Always bear in mind that you have got to fight your own battle and the onus
of convincing your parents lies entirely on you. You are likely to face
stiff resistance no doubt, but you must put up a brave face and take
everything in your stride. However, ultimately you are the one who is to
take the final decisions about your career.
Submitted by : Divyesh Patel